Best of SNO

20 Years of Professional Children’s Theater

20 Years of Professional Children’s Theater

By Sam Bell, Triton High School

January 22, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

For 20 years, Theater Workshop, led by Stacey April Fix, has brought professional children’s theater to the Newbury community. “Theater Workshop is an after school program that offers professional theater to grades two through twelve,” said Fix, the founder of Workshop Arts Inc, as well as the...

Opinion: Jenna Julien podcast brings fresh entertainment

Opinion: Jenna Julien podcast brings fresh entertainment

By Macy Fowler, Fossil Ridge High School

January 22, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Podcasts are not things high schoolers would typically listen to in the car or while they are working on homework, but the Jenna Julien Podcast is one of those exceptions. It is not all about boring topics; they keep their listeners captivated while discussing intriguing subjects and managing to kee...

Costumes and Crew: Behind The Scenes

Costumes and Crew: Behind The Scenes

By Nick Harvey, Oak Park High School

January 17, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The Oak Park Performing Arts Alliance presents three drama productions every school year. The audience fills the Pavilion with laughter and cheer, especially at the end of the night when the whole cast comes out on stage for applause. But who is behind all of these productions? Throughout the years,...

Musical cast members start preparation for long time commitment

Musical cast members start preparation for long time commitment

By Kevin Shimizu, Carlmont High School

January 17, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The bell rings and students rush out of their classrooms. Some wait to get picked up by their parents, while some wait for their friends. Some drive themselves and some even walk home. However, this is not the case for the cast of Carlmont's annual musical. Rehearsals started for Carlmont's production...

Shining a Spotlight on Studio Music’s Student-Led Bands

Shining a Spotlight on Studio Music’s Student-Led Bands

By Annie Qiao and Tiffany Wu

January 17, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The steady pulse of the drum permeates the air, providing a solid background that accompanies the harmonic blend of the acoustic guitar, bass guitar and piano. A melodious voice layers onto these complex musical folds, adding color to each head-nodding, finger-snapping and easily recognizable performance. ...

‘Vice’: a different kind of movie

‘Vice’: a different kind of movie

By Xander Donahue, Lincoln High School

January 17, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Director Adam Mckay’s new film “Vice” is by far one of the most interesting, weirdest films of 2018. Christian Bale and co-stars Amy Adams and Steve Carell transport viewers to an eerily familiar world full of political scandals, lies and power-hungry leaders. “Vice” tells the “tr...

Senior takes first lead role

Senior takes first lead role

By Marta Hill, St. Louis Park High School

January 15, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Showcase

When senior Estelle Tronson first saw the cast list for the winter play, “The Amish Project,” she was surprised to find she had gotten a lead role. “I was really excited, because it is a named role and that is super awesome and exciting for me,” Tronson said. “The only other time I have...

NAHS painting reminds Harris of the big picture

NAHS painting reminds Harris of the big picture

By Kanz Bitar, Liberty High School

January 15, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

After listening to a sermon at his church about the importance of not getting wrapped up in little details, assistant principal Jason Harris reached out to the school’s chapter of National Art Honor Society and asked them to make him a painting of the book cover of Leaf By Niggle by J.R.R Tolkien ...

“Beautiful Boy” delivers predictable Oscar bait

“Beautiful Boy” delivers predictable Oscar bait

By Harry Westergaard, West High School

January 14, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

With awards season on the horizon, it’s time for the serious, Oscar bait dramas to start cropping up in cinemas. “Beautiful Boy” is an example of such a film and combines two distinct genres that are hard to get right, but juicy for awards season. On one hand, it’s the trite father-son drama,...

Transmedia shows become entertainment fad

Transmedia shows become entertainment fad

By Arianna Farner, Akins High School

January 14, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Showcase

Storylines updated in real time. Characters that interact with viewers. Content accessed solely on social media. The phenomenon of transmedia storytelling is a growing trend that focuses on interaction and realism like no other. In story-based entertainment, transmedia has taken the form of shows...

Student by day, Rockstar by night: Pare plans concert to kick off new album

Student by day, Rockstar by night: Pare plans concert to kick off new album

By Lily Weaver and Catie Jo Tansey

January 11, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

 Junior Nicholas Paré has his hard rock debut album, Memory, set to release on January 11.  He has been busy selling t-shirts and posting flyers to prepare for the upcoming release. Memory consists of eight tracks and one instrumental bonus track. The album has been in the works for the past ...

Author Profile: Zack Lesmeister

Author Profile: Zack Lesmeister

By Jackson Estwanick, Marquette High School

January 11, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Donning a white dress and knee high black boots with a purse to match, he walks on stage to perform. Cars pass in the window behind him as he positions his hands on his lower abdomen. He begins to read, and the crowd leans in to listen. They are listening to Zack Lesmeister, 2017 Youth Poet Laureate,...

FOODS UNKNOWN: A Glimpse Into the Seoul

FOODS UNKNOWN: A Glimpse Into the Seoul

By Katherine Gross, Downers Grove North High School

January 11, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Seoul Taco is a Mexican-Korean fusion restaurant in Chicago that serves up tacos, gogi bowls, and diversity-- something that drew senior Ciara Asonye to the restaurant right away. After all, a person’s most memorable meal is not always because of the food. I invited Asonye to be the first interviewee...

Tyler Grosvenor Wins National Photo Contest

Tyler Grosvenor Wins National Photo Contest

By Enrique Paz, Klein Cain High School

January 10, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Yearbook Photo Editor Wins 1st Place Yesterday on Nov. 15, Balfour Publishing posted their Fall 2018 Photo Shoot Contest results. Klein Cain Yearbook's very own Photo Editor, Tyler Grosvenor received first place in the Academic Activities category. Grosvenor had submitted his photograph, depicti...

Review: Sasha Sloan’s ‘Loser’ breaks stigma around discussing mental health

Review: Sasha Sloan’s ‘Loser’ breaks stigma around discussing mental health

By Emma London, The Archer School for Girls

January 10, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Growing up in a society that has the tendency to sweep mental health issues under the rug, Sasha Sloan’s extended player [EP] "Loser" is a refreshing reminder that we are not alone in our sadness. Sloan’s rise to fame is admittedly a rather strange one. In 2014, an image of her family home with the w...

Birdbox Enters the Nest With Mixed Reviews

Birdbox Enters the Nest With Mixed Reviews

By Ashley Wilhelm, Ola High School

January 10, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Much anticipated suspense thriller “Birdbox” returns to the nest with a whopping 62 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and in this case, I’d have to agree with these overly picky movie critics. The film directed by Susanne Bier and based off the 2014 novel by Josh Malerman has been the love or hate movie...

Jess’ Book Nook: Violent Ends

Jess’ Book Nook: Violent Ends

By Jessica Sutton, Dallastown Area High School

January 10, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Since Columbine in 1998, school shootings have been taking a toll on American society. Violent Ends by Shaun David Hutchinson and 17 additional contributing authors is a book about a traumatic school shooting taking place at fictional Middleborough High. Hutchinson and the others took a unique...

Jazz Band gets a full instrumentation

Jazz Band gets a full instrumentation

By Peyton Gaskill, Parkway West High School

January 10, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

For the first time since 2001, the Jazz Band has a full instrumentation. This means that the band has players for each instrument required for musical pieces written for large bands, including saxophones, trumpets, trombones, guitar, bass, drums and a piano. “It’s really fun because we can do...

“Story to Light”: Faith and Media Seniors Produce Podcast Series

“Story to Light”: Faith and Media Seniors Produce Podcast Series

By Peyton Hedges, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory

January 10, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

High school students are well aware that learning a new unit in class or reading an assigned book will almost always be accompanied by an essay, project, or test. For La Salle students, this is the routine in many of their courses, so that teachers can see the knowledge and understanding their students...

Glimmer of Hope: How a movement sparked from tragedy

Glimmer of Hope: How a movement sparked from tragedy

By Abigail Lindsay, Carlisle High School

January 9, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

On Feb 14, 2018, one of the worst school shootings in American history took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  While most people in Parkland mourned the loss of those who had died, a small group of students were frantically working together to create a movement that...

Summerville’s varsity cheerleaders in Halloween (2018)

Summerville’s varsity cheerleaders in Halloween (2018)

By Cailey Smith, Summerville High School

January 9, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

On October 19, 2018 the new “Halloween” movie was released and seemed heavily anticipated. Half of the Summerville High School varsity cheer squad was selected to be in the movie. The cheerleaders enjoyed every part about it especially dancing, cheering and meeting new people. The cheerleaders...

A Look into ‘Our Town’

A Look into ‘Our Town’

By Glory Trelfa, Triton High School

January 9, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

As Madi Butler walked onto the stage, saying hello to each family friend and relative that had passed on in the years before, the audience felt tears welling up in their eyes. They began to understand the message of the play as Butler looked back in time, disappointed at what she discovered. Th...

Senior Serves as RenRep

Senior Serves as RenRep

By Natalie O'Dell, Dallastown Area High School

January 8, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

It’s no secret that Dallastown goes all out for high school dances. From the extraordinary dresses to the vibrant suits, shoes, and ties, Dallastown is a step above the rest. Even with many dress stores in the area, Renaissance Bridals is a local favorite because of their large selection of unique...

The Spartan Life kicks Off to a Lively Start

The Spartan Life kicks Off to a Lively Start

By Saskia Van't Hof, Southern Lehigh High School

January 8, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

A podcast may not be something you’d expect from a duo consisting of a high school English teacher and a math teacher, but you’d be wrong. Since its release in September, the new podcast “The Spartan Life” has taken over Southern Lehigh High School. The idea originally sprung from English...

Art Students Given New Paths to Success

Art Students Given New Paths to Success

By Kelly Brosey, Dallastown Area High School

January 8, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Finding it difficult to schedule intriguing classes? Need a creative outlet? Luckily, Dallastown added several new classes, one of which is an AP Studio Art class. Taught by art teacher Mrs. Kohler, AP Studio Art is designed to challenge passionate art students, prepare them for the college level,...

‘Thank U, Next’ by Ariana Grande promotes self love

‘Thank U, Next’ by Ariana Grande promotes self love

By Julia Bennett, Stillwater Area High School

January 4, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Ariana Grande’s new hit song, Thank U, Next, got her to the number one slot of the Top 100 Billboard Charts for the first time in her career.  Celebrities everywhere are applauding her for releasing this song promoting self-love, confidence and girl power. Teenage girls around the world are go...

Senior named one of nation’s best

Senior named one of nation’s best

By Aliza Porter, Liberty High School

January 4, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Being one of the five high school trumpet players in America to be selected for the Jazz Band of America for 2019 was his goal. It’s now a reality for senior Sid Sadhu. “It means so much to me,” Sadhu said. “When I got the news, I was just screaming up and down. It’s just a dream...

Bird Box is the off-brand version of A Quiet Place

Bird Box is the off-brand version of A Quiet Place

By Paige Crawley, Baldwin High School

January 4, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Netflix’s latest thriller, Bird Box, already has attracted major attention on Twitter and YouTube, where a spout of memes and blindfold-inspired challenges have arisen. Bird Box, based on the book by Josh Malerman, tells an apocalyptic story about mysterious creatures that overwhelm the Earth. An...

“A Beautiful Boy” captivates the true struggles that every drug addict faces

“A Beautiful Boy” captivates the true struggles that every drug addict faces

By Kayla Farrey, Benilde-St. Margaret's School

January 4, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Beautiful Boy is a heart wrenching true story and the must-see movie of the year. I highly suggest watching this film to anyone trying to understanding the mind of an avid drug user. The film has already received much deserved praise and Oscar buzz, after being released for less than a month. Beautiful Bo...

Grace Christenson reviews milk

Grace Christenson reviews milk

By Grace Christenson, Benilde-St. Margaret's School

January 4, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

My brother is a big milk guy if you know what I’m saying. It doesn’t matter the time, the place, or the situation; when in doubt, the kid will always choose milk as his go-to beverage. I have seen him chug not only glasses but full quarts of milk straight from the carton–after which he shamelessly...

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